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Grand Ledge Public Schools held a ceremony for two alumni who are fallen soldiers, unveiling decals that honored them on two school buses. American flags were hung in front of the decals until members of the U.S. Army took them down and folded them.
District decals buses to honor fallen alumni soldiers
June 18, 2014
Grand Ledge Public Schools held a ceremony on May 30 for two former students who died in the war in Afghanistan, unveiling memorial decals on two of its buses that honor the students and presenting framed versions to their mothers.
Tags: Michigan
SecureFleet combines vehicle data and a video event recording system with a comprehensive driver coaching program to help fleet owners and safety managers reduce risks, cut costs and better manage fleets. 
ProSight Insurance, SmartDrive debut risk reduction solution for school buses
June 18, 2014
SecureFleet, developed exclusively for ProSight niche transportation customers, combines vehicle data and a video event recording system with a comprehensive driver coaching program to help fleet owners and safety managers reduce risks, cut costs and better manage fleets.
District to fire driver who let son drive school bus
June 17, 2014
Theresa Robinson admitted to allowing her son to drive the school bus that was assigned to her. An investigation conducted by Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools found that Robinson's son took the bus to be washed and detailed and that no children were on board at the time.
Tags: Florida
A new federal report found that motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2010 resulted in economic costs of $277 billion and $594 billion in societal harm. Photo by W. Robert Howell
Study: Total cost of auto crashes topped $800 billion
June 16, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2010 resulted in economic costs of $277 billion and $594 billion in societal harm.
Tags: NHTSA
Manatee County School District is using a bus that no longer runs in its fleet to feed low-income students during the summer. The bus, shown here, is wrapped with brightly colored photos of the four food groups and delivers free lunches.
District uses school bus for program that feeds low-income students
June 16, 2014
The Manatee County (Fla.) School District’s school bus, which no longer runs in its fleet, is wrapped with brightly colored photos of the four food groups and delivers free lunches to more than 100 children each day. The food bus program runs through Aug. 8 and is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Tags: Florida
Automotive International's ValuGard Hybrid Technology Undercoating features a darker finish and less porosity, and provides better corrosion resistance, according to the company.
Automotive International unveils enhanced hybrid coating
June 16, 2014
ValuGard Hybrid Technology Undercoating features a darker finish and less porosity, leaving “virtually no chance” of moisture migration and providing better corrosion resistance, according to the company.
A record number of pupil transportation professionals are expected to attend the 50th Annual GAPT Conference. Pictured is a lively session from the group's 2012 gathering.
Georgia pupil transportation group gathers for 50th conference
June 12, 2014
A record number of school bus professionals are expected to attend the Georgia Association for Pupil Transportation's June 16-19 event on Jekyll Island, Ga. The milestone conference will offer more than 100 hours of professional learning across five tracks of study.
Thomas Built to hold tech training program in Dallas
June 12, 2014
The Thomas Built Institute Service Training – West will be held Sept. 9-12. The 2014 curriculum for the school bus maintenance training program covers such topics as propane, emissions systems, advanced electrical and wheelchair lifts.
Thomas Built's Saf-T-Liner C2 base warranty will provide three-year or 50,000-mile coverage for units built on or after Oct. 1.
Thomas Built Buses extends warranty coverage
June 12, 2014
The school bus manufacturer’s Saf-T-Liner C2 base warranty will provide three-year or 50,000-mile coverage, up from one year, for units built on or after Oct. 1. Also, Thomas Built’s standard body and chassis paint warranty will be extended from three years to five years.
Zonar's new service bundles include hardware, installation and training. Photo courtesy of Zonar Systems.
Zonar launches new telematics bundle packages
June 12, 2014
All packages include a comprehensive set of features with hardware, installation, activation, 24/7/365 support, access to the Zonar Knowledgebase and lifetime hardware warranties, company officials say. Prices start at less than $20 per month.
The U.S. House narrowly passed an amendment that aims to block an increase to minimum levels of financial responsibility for commercial motor vehicle carriers.
House passes measure to block minimum insurance increase
June 12, 2014
The National School Transportation Association supports the amendment, saying that it would “stop the administration's pursuit of massive increases that would be very damaging to the industry and potentially decrease safety by reducing the availability of school bus service across the nation."
Tags: FMCSA, NSTA
Indiana court rules school bus fees unconstitutional
June 12, 2014
The Indiana Court of Appeals decides that transportation is part of the public education system and that Franklin Township Community School Corp. violated the state constitution when it ended bus service and arranged for an outside company to transport students for a fee. The court points to a state mandate for schools to bus homeless, foster-care, special-needs and some private-school students.
Newly passed legislation allows school buses in South Carolina to be equipped with digital video recording devices to document vehicles passing illegally.  Photo by Michael Dallessandro
South Carolina stop-arm camera bill signed
June 11, 2014
Gov. Nikki Haley approves legislation that allows South Carolina school buses to be equipped with digital video recording devices to document vehicles passing illegally. Stop-arm safety advocate David Poag says that "the use of video surveillance in enforcement efforts will ultimately make motorists think twice before passing a stopped school bus."
Thieves steal, sell school bus batteries
June 11, 2014
The Canton (Ohio) City School District bus garage director discovers that 18 batteries are missing. The batteries had been disconnected rather than cut, and 14 of them are recovered from a local scrap business, police say.
Tags: batteries
Parker Hannifin's new Parker Industrial Bulk CNG Dispenser is an entirely integrated fuel dispenser. The supplier launched the dispenser at the 2014 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo on May 7.
Parker Hannifin debuts CNG fuel dispenser
June 11, 2014
The supplier introduced a complete industrial and fleet fuel dispensing solution for high-flow, high-cycle CNG applications to the North American market at the 2014 Alternative Clean Transportation Expo. Central to the solution is the new Parker Industrial Bulk CNG Dispenser, the only entirely integrated fuel dispenser on the market, according to the supplier.
A Pennsylvania bill would provide civil immunity to school bus drivers who administer epinephrine autoinjectors, or EpiPens, on students who experience allergic reactions on the bus. Photo by Greg Friese
Bill targets training, immunity for bus drivers who use EpiPen
June 10, 2014
The Pennsylvania bill would provide civil immunity to school bus drivers who administer epinephrine autoinjectors, or EpiPens, on students who experience allergic reactions on the bus. Drivers would have to first complete a training program to be qualified to use the EpiPen.
Massachusetts district extends First Student contract
June 10, 2014
Springfield Public Schools has awarded the contractor a new five-year contract to provide school transportation. The company has worked with the district for the past 15 years.
District faces traffic protest over courtesy busing cuts
June 10, 2014
Public and non-public school officials in Lakewood, N.J., are in talks to avert a call for parents to drive thousands of children to their private schools in protest against the elimination of publicly funded courtesy busing. Last month, the Lakewood Public Schools Board of Education eliminated all courtesy busing from the 2014-15 budget as a way to meet tax hike caps set by the state.
Starcraft Bus named a top account for Ford in 2013
June 10, 2014
The school and shuttle bus manufacturer was the top volume pool account in the bus category for Ford in 2013, and the eighth year in a row. Starcraft purchases and sells Ford E350/E450 and F550/F650 bus chassis, and it attributes its success to an increasing demand for shuttle buses in the U.S. as well as its dealer network.
HISD's fleet was named a Leading Fleet by Government Fleet magazine. The district’s winning application included details on how it streamlined its fleet and saved $11.98 million. Shown here are all the Leading Fleet award winners. Photo courtesy Government Fleet magazine.
Texas district named ‘Leading Fleet’
June 9, 2014
Houston Independent School District’s school bus fleet receives the award from Government Fleet magazine. The district’s winning application included details on its creation of a music video that addressed bus seating and bullying; how it streamlined its fleet and saved $11.98 million; and how the district successfully took on bus service for an adjoining school district.
Tags: Texas

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